The intent at Key Stage 3 is to develop both the student’s physical competency and personal development. The curriculum looks to; develop skills and tactics, instil the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, the importance of well-being and preparing them with the characteristics for future employability.
Annually the curriculum is evaluated through student voice in year 8 and 9, to ensure that the pathways that are available, are modern and personalised to the students.
With Huish attracting students from a range of primary schools, with a varying exposure to sport, it is important that the curriculum that gives breadth, is implemented. In year 7, students will experience a range of activities that include; swimming, hockey, rugby and netball, to name but a few. Throughout the year, students are assessed and are placed into sets at the end of the year.
In year 8 and 9, classes will follow a more personalised curriculum, which is tailored towards the individual interests of the class. Top sets have followed a competitive route, focussing on traditional sports and the development of the physical competency. In comparison, second sets have followed an alternative sports pathway, focusing on their personal development.
Students will be assessed across a variety of sporting activities, with each activity having a clear physical competency or personal development focus. Students will receive formative assessment within their lessons, to help aid improvement within the activity. Students will be able to receive a summative assessment termly, through their access to the Google classroom. This will inform them of how to improve within each strand.
In addition, 'My Greatest Achievement' is a strategy designed to encourage students to actively take part in physical activity and celebrate their success. The aim of My Greatest Achievement is to:
- Develop and apply life skills that will support them to flourish in PE, school, and life.
- Improve health and wellbeing and personal skills.
- Grow understanding of working with others.
- Create opportunities, overcome challenges, and make choices.
- Increase their potential achievement and readiness for life.
At the beginning of year 7, students will have access through their Google classroom, to a variety of challenges. These range across a variety of physical activities, including outdoor adventurous activities. Students can attempt these activities across the three years, aiming to meet the criteria for the gold award.
In years 10 and 11, we are so fortunate that all our students still receive 4 x 1 hour lessons of PE a fortnight. In order to help our students develop the physical literacy needed for life-long physical activity we work with them to ensure the pathways they follow throughout each year are personalised.
Typically, students that progress into key stage 4 who have been in a top set ability group in key stage 3 will follow a ‘competitive team’ pathway. Some of the team games students will have experienced in key stage 3 and some, such as water polo, will be completely new. The emphasis of the pathway is developing advanced skills and key strategic and tactical concepts for performance. Health and training is also included, with an emphasis on improving fitness and conditioning to affect performance.
The pathways for the remaining groups ensure students are developing their skills through a wide and varied range of activities that will lead to a continuation with physical activities after Year 11. There is also the opportunity to develop leadership skills with our very own Huish Leaders Award.
Uniquely, imbedded in the KS4 core PE are lessons based on two of the three core PSHE themes, these aim to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking.
We do not assess in PE at KS4 instead, we give student autonomy to continue their love for exercise, participate in PE lessons and take part in exercise outside of school.